Fed up with not being able to buy B.C. wines in Ontario? A solution — at least a partial one — may be at hand.
The premiers of British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec announced an agreement Friday to make it easier to purchase Canadian wines that aren’t made in the province where you live.
“We have not freed the grapes completely but they are freer,” B.C. Premier Christy Clark said.
“We’ve unshackled them,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said.
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The sales will continue to be overseen and regulated by each province’s respective liquor distribution agency: B.C.’s Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).
But the goal is to make it easier for consumers to order wine from outside their province online. They could then pick it up at either their local distributor or have it shipped directly to their door.
The changes also intend to make it easier for wineries to be listed with the liquor distributors in other provinces.